Herbal Tinctures and Extracts

WHAT ARE HERBAL EXTRACTS?

An herbal extract or tincture is a very concentrated liquid in which alcohol is used to extract the herbal properties out of plant material and can be used internally as a natural food supplement to prevent and cure various illnesses/symptoms.

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Artemisia (sweet Annie) is antiviral, helps to reduce fever, is effective in the treatment of malaria, and recent research shows that it may be effective against cancer and has also shown promise in treating leukemia. 

 

 

Burdock A general strengthening tonic for the liver and digestive system. Burdock is a powerful detoxifier, boosts metabolism and clears out the skin. It can be a treatment for staph infections, impetigo and obstinate ulcerations of the skin of mucous membranes. Often combined with dandelion or yellow dock, burdock is an effective blood purifier used to treat psoriasis, eczema, oily skin, acne, boils and gout. For treating cancer, burdock is often combined with red clover.

 

Calm and Focus Pure extracts of passion flower, lemon balm, valerian, milky oats and gotu kola. Indicated in hyperactivity, anxiety, confusion, ADHD, stress. Calms the nerves and improves focus and brain function. Also aids digestion.

 

Comfrey Speeds healing of cuts, ulcerations, inflammations, burns, bruises, broken bones, pulled muscles and ligaments, and sprains. Its common name is Knitbone as it knits the bones together. Use externally on a compress. Internal use only according to herbalist's instructions, in cases of ulcer, inflammation, asthma or musculoskeletal issues.

 

Dandelion Root Detoxifies, strengthens and nourishes the liver, gallbladder, kidneys and urinary system. Dandelion is an excellent blood-cleanser, especially when combined with burdock, helping rid the system of accumulated toxins and improving bad skin. This extract will also benefit those suffering from indigestion or arteriosclerosis.

 

Echinacea boosts immunity and combats colds and flu. Useful in treating the early phases of bacterial or viral infection, echinacea speeds resolution of colds, flu, and all kinds of upper respiratory infection. The herb makes an anti-inflammatory treatment for infected wounds and the bites of reptiles and insects. 

 

Easy Period contains: ladies mantle, yarrow, alcohol, water. Helps to relieve menstrual pain and reduces heavy bleeding. May help in vaginal thrush and infections.

 

Ginger Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, energy boost, digestive, expectorant. 

 

Ginkgo Biloba is the top brain herb, it really gives a boost to the little grey cells! Improves memory and concentration, combats mental fatigue, relieves headaches, helps to prevent Alzheimer's and dementia, helps in glaucoma and retinopathy, protects the heart, nerves and improves circulation. Most people can use Ginkgo biloba without problems, but there are some reports of increased bleeding. Anyone using anti-coagulant medication should avoid taking Ginkgo biloba.

Proven Uses of Ginkgo Biloba

Claudication (pain in the legs from clogged arteries): Some people with a condition known as claudication have pain in their legs while resting or after exercise. Ginkgo biloba has been shown to help this type of pain. Ginkgo biloba, however, is not as effective as physical therapy for this condition.

Dementia: People with early stage Alzheimer's disease and multi-infarct dementia may benefit from taking Ginkgo biloba. The scientific research shows that Ginkgo biloba may be as effective as some of the prescription medications for these conditions.

Cerebral Insufficiency: Using Ginkgo biloba for a condition called cerebral insufficiency holds promise. Cerebral insufficiency is a syndrome more commonly diagnosed in Europe that involves poor concentration, confusion, forgetfulness, headaches, fatigue, depression and anxiety. Some researchers believe that this condition is caused by a decrease in the amount of blood available to the brain because of clogged blood vessels.

Age-related Memory Loss: Protecting memory from aging is the most popular use of Ginkgo biloba. The research is not clear on the benefits for this use. As we saw above, Ginkgo biloba can be useful in reducing the impact of early stage Alzheimer's and some forms of dementia. When age-related memory loss is caused by these conditions, Ginkgo biloba may help.

Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder: Some of the most promising research in this area involves older adults with depression.

Macular Degeneration: Ginkgo biloba may improve blood flow to the eye, which could help lessen the effects of macular degeneration .

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Some preliminary research shows that Ginkgo biloba might ease PMS symptoms such as breast discomfort and emotional shifts.

 

Gotu Kola Considered a super herb, Gotu Kola is packed with antioxidants. It is useful in high blood pressure, heart disease, improving memory and concentration, nervous disorders. Alzheimer’s disease, fatigue and depression, rebuilding energy stores and stimulating hair growth.

Gotu Kola is considered a rejuvenative nervine recommended for nervous disorders, including epilepsy, senility, insomnia and premature aging.

As a brain tonic, it is said to enhance intelligence and memory while strengthening the adrenal glands.

It is used quite often to help treat people with stress and depression but has many more health benefits than that. Gotu Kola helps to cleanse the blood and treat skin impurities. It improves the nervous, digestive and circulatory system; ultimately rebuilding energy reserves.

Gotu Kola can relieve high blood pressure and is effective in treating rheumatism, blood diseases, congestive heart failure, urinary tract infections, venereal diseases and hepatitis.

The primary active constituents in Gotu Kola are the triterpenoid compounds. These saponins help to strengthen the walls of blood vessels which improves the flow of blood while strengthening the veins and capillaries. It has been used successfully to treat varicose vein, leg cramps, scars, hemorrhoids, retinopathy (decreased eye site) and abnormal tingling of the extremities.

These same effects are thought to strengthen the lining of the GI tract (intestines), making gotu kola useful for treating ulcers.

Gotu Kola also contains calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C . Gotu kola has strong anti-bacterial properties which have been used to heal sores and treat leprosy.

 

HAWTHORN is the oldest and safest blood pressure regulator. It is used to treat both low and high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), and high cholesterol. It strengthens and nourishes the heart and blood vessels and improves circulation.

Being an overall heart tonic it is used for diseases of the heart and blood vessels such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, and irregular heartbeat. There are no known side effects to taking this extract and it can be taken long term.  

 

Herbal Bitters Ingredients: burdock root, dandelion root, artichoke leaf, fennel seed, cinnamon bark, ginger root, alcohol, water.

  

Milk thistle detoxifies and protects the liver from toxins and pollutants. It is the most effective herb to lower bad cholesterol. The herbal extract guards against free radical damage and stimulate the growth of new liver cells. Milk thistle helps protect the liver from damage caused by drugs or medications. This herb is also used in the treatment of viral hepatitis to increase and improve liver function. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of milk thistle helps protect the kidneys, gallbladder and immune system from free-radical damage and inflammation.

 

Nettle is very helpful in treating anaemia, because nettle leaves contain a high amount of iron and unlike iron tablets, it is easily absorbed by the body without causing constipation. It contains many vitamins (A, C, D, E, B complex and K) and minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, chromium, iodine, silica, silicon, selenium and sulphur), making it a wonderful allround supplement. It builds the blood, reduces blood sugar levels, strengthens the adrenals and nourishes all body systems. Other benefits include treatment for arthritis and rheumatism. Nettle extract protects the respiratory system, and helps in kidney and urinary problems. Its natural antihistamines make it helpful in allergies and hayfever. It should then be taken throughout the year, not just in the allergy season. It also helps prevent hair loss. 

 

Nettle Root A nutritive spring tonic, blood builder and blood cleanser, high in chlorophyll, calcium and potassium. Improves resistance to allergens, including environmental pollutants, molds and pollen. The tincture of the fresh roots is a specific anti-inflammatory for treating prostatitis.

 

OLIVE LEAF The extract of Olea europaea has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties and even dates back to Hippocrates who prescribed olive leaf for ulcers, muscular pain and cholera. Today, phenolic compounds have been isolated and researched for their vast health benefits.
Health Benefits
Antiviral: Olive leaf has the ability to inhibit and prevent viruses, retrovirus, bacteria, moulds, protozoa, fungi, parasites, worms and yeasts infections. Research suggests that olive leaf can stop the virus from replicating by penetrating the infected cells. The oil is also beneficial where the bacterium resists against antibiotics, making it a powerful antibacterial. Olive leaf is especially important to take as a preventative for the common cold, influenza, Epstein-Barr virus, Herpes virus and cytomegalovirus.
Antioxidant: It has the ability to protect against free radical damage therefore is important for your heart, circulatory system, reduces high blood pressure. Olive leaf is also a hypotensive herb therefore is beneficial hypertension and angina.
Energy production: Research has found that olive leaf extract helped increase energy levels and general well being in people suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Other uses: Olive Leaf can provide relief from arthritis, haemorrhoids, toothache, psoriasis, fevers and used as a daily maintenance for general wellbeing.
Olive Leaf is a safe extract to take as a daily supplement in order to improve immune function and eradicate infections from various microbes. 

 

PASSIONFLOWER is used for sleep problems (insomnia), gastrointestinal upsets due to anxiety or nervousness, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and relieving symptoms related to narcotic drug withdrawal.

Passionflower is also used for seizures, hysteria, asthma, symptoms of menopause, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), nervousness and excitability, palpitations, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, and pain relief.  Avoid during pregnancy.

 

Parasite Cleanse Ingredients: black walnut, cloves, wormwood, alcohol, water. This herbal parasite cleanse is a natural remedy for treating intestinal parasites, such as flukes (Fasciolopsis Buskii), pinworms, threadworms, (Enterobius Vermicularis), hookworms (Ancylostoma Duodenale), round worms (Ascaris Lumbricoides), tapeworms (Cestoda), etc. and as a treatment for Candida Albicans. It can be used for adults, children and pets (excluding horses). 

Caution: Do not give to children under 3 yrs old, do not use when pregnant. 

 

Red clover is a source of many valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Red clover is also considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones. Red Clover  is a blood purifier and is used for chronic skin conditions. Very helpful in eczema & psoriasis.  Apply to the skin for skin cancer, skin sores, burns, and chronic skin diseases including eczema and psoriasis. In these skin conditions use the extract internally and externally for best results.

Red Clover is one of the most useful remedies for children with skin problems. Because it is mild, it makes an excellent nutritional supplement for children. The expectorant and anti-spasmodic action give this remedy a role in the treatment of coughs and bronchitis, but especially in whooping cough, dry cough and colds. Red Clover also increases the production of mucus and urine flow helping relieve irritation and inflammation of the urinary tract. As a digestive aid, Red Clover stimulates the production of digestive fluids and bile. It also relieves constipation and helps soothe inflammation of the bowel, stomach and intestines. Red Clover contains easily absorbed calcium and magnesium which tones and relaxes the nervous system, relieving tension due to stress and the associated headaches which are further relieved by the silicic acid content. Clinical evidence shows that there is a basis for it's long standing tradition in treating cancer and it's anti-microbial properties have been proven effective against tuberculosis. 

 Red clover is used to treat skin conditions, normally in combination with other purifying herbs such as burdock (Arctium lappa) and yellow dock (Rumex crispus). Red clover is also expectorant and may be used for spasmodic coughs. Red clover's estrogenic effect may be of use in treating menopausal complaints. 

For women, Red Clover is quite special. It stimulates eostrogenic activity, thus increasing fertility, and reduces "hot flashes" experienced by women during menopause. It also supports the uterus with its vitamin content, and the high protein content nourishes the whole body. There is also an alkalizing effect which improves the vaginal and uterine acid/alkaline balance. 

   

SLEEP TIGHT ANXIETY AND INSOMNIA RELIEF Pure extracts of Passionflower and Valerian root. This herbal extract helps you fall asleep faster, improves sleep quality without a hangover effect, relieves anxiety, nervousness and excitability, palpitations, irregular heartbeat, headaches, stress and restlessness. Avoid during pregnancy or when taking anti-anxiety drugs.

 

St. Johns Wort has a demonstrated ability to act as an antidepressant in cases of mild depression and anxiety.S t. John's Wort is a tonic for the entire nervous system. This action is most strongly linked to two phytochemicals, hyperforin and hypericin. St. Johns was a useful member of the pharmacopoeia centuries before its use as an antidepressant was discovered.   Taking the tincture before bedtime can help children and adults troubled by incontinence, and M. Grieve recommended it be used in all pulmonary complaints, bladder troubles, in suppression of the urine, dysentery, worms, and diarrhea. 

St. John's is also effective in the treatment of herpes lesions. Compresses soaked in a strong tea, the infused oil or a tincture can be applied to active lesions.

St. John’s wort does not combine well with many medications, therefore always consult your herbalist before taking it. May cause photosensitivity.

 

Tribulus Terrestris extract enhances libido in men and women, helps in male infertility and impotence by increasing testosterone levels, sperm production and sperm quality. 
It is a gerenal tonic increasing energy and vitality, builds muscle tone and strength. Tribulus relaxes smooth muscles and improves the circulation in the genital region of both men and women, leading to improved sexual response. For women, the hormone balancing effects of Tribulus terrestris make this a suitable herb for premenstrual syndrome and menopause symptoms. Tribulus is also a popular anabolic supplement among body builders who use it to lower cholesterol and increase lean muscle mass.

Tribulus terrestris has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that may be used to treat herpes, and virus infections such as influenza and the common cold.

 

Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, which improves overall health, relieves arthritis and depression, helps to prevent heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's. 

 

VALERIAN

Valerian is a non-addictive sedative and relaxant, used in insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, heart palpitations, headaches and stress. It helps you to fall  asleep faster and improves sleep quality without causing grogginess (the hangover effect) in the morning. Valerian increase the body's available supply of the neurotransmitter gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA). Avoid during pregnancy or when on anti-anxiety drugs.

 

Vitex is a normalizing herb for the female reproductive system, a regulator of the hormonal balance of estrogen and progesterone. This normalizing of hormones is what makes the herb valuable in treating painful and irregular periods, PMS, polycystic ovarian syndrome, all stages and symptoms of the menopause, and infertility. For chronic problems, it is most effective when taken over a prolonged period of time. Traditionally used to help support hormone production and maintain a healthy menstrual cycle, vitex is able to support hormonal balance in the body without containing any hormones itself.

Vitex has been used traditionally to help:

Support a healthy menstrual cycle

Encourage a normal luteal phase (second half of a woman's cycle)

Promote regular ovulation

Support the body's natural progesterone levels

Aid and support the pituitary gland

Promote a normal menstrual cycle

Support normal FSH levels

Ease PMS symptoms

Ease both physical and psychological symptoms of the menopause.                      It helps to relieve many of the uncomfortable symptoms of this transition time, including hot flashes, irregular cycles, depression, and flooding.                                                                                                                                                                Vitex is also an indispensable remedy for women with uterine fibroids, fibrocystic breasts, or endometriosis.

 

Yarrow is an antiseptic, astringent, blood purifier, diaphoretic, diuretic, and stimulant. Yarrow is well-known for its use as a remedy for cold/flu/fever. It is tonifying and anti-inflammatory to the skin and mucus membranes of the stomach and bowels; thus, helpful for varicose veins, gastroenteritis, dysentery, and diarrhea. As a hemostatic, Yarrow helps to stop bleeding of stomach ulcers, hemorrhoids, and for nosebleeds (especially those due to allergies). Yarrow is an ally for women as it helps to tone the uterus and promote balance in their menstrual flow. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps to relieve the dull, achy menstrual pains; it also helps with postpartum bleeding and abnormal flows by acting as a hemostatic.
Like all diaphoretics, Yarrow increases blood flow to the skin and lowers blood pressure in the process. Other internal uses may include: to help clear blood clots; rheumatism; lung congestion; chronic cystitis and urethritis; mucus discharge of the bladder; nephritis (Bright's disease); smallpox; chicken pox; glandular imbalances; and diabetes. Due to its high level of tannins, Yarrow is also an excellent wound healer. External uses include: Athlete's Foot; wounds; muscle and joint pain and inflammation; bleeding; toothaches and gum infections.

 

DISCLAIMER: This information is compiled from traditional and modern herb book articles, and research. This information should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevent of disease, or to replace the services of a qualified healthcare practitioner for all medical problems. Always ask a qualified herbalist, health practitioner or doctor for diagnosis, advice and treatment. When you are using herbal products you are agreeing to be fully responsible for your own health, and hold a seller free of any liability. A seller assumes no responsibility for any adverse reactions from the usage of these products. Be advised that iatrogenic, idiosyncratic, and/or allergic reactions can occus, albeit rarely, regardless of the cautions employed. We do not accept responsibility for the use or misuse of any of the herbal information found in this blog and website, or for any accident or injury caused by growing, handling, or ingesting plants or from attempting to follow processes described in this blog and website.

 

References:

Cech, R. and Cech, S. (2000). Making plant medicine. Williams, Oregon: Horizon Herbs LLC.